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The Cinderella Man

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The Great Depression of the 1930’s caused widespread poverty, but the popular culture of the time did not reflect this. People wanted to escape from this harsh time so movies, dancing and sports became very popular. Radios broadcasted boxing matches and boxers became stars. The heavyweight champion James J. Braddock aka “Cinderella Man,” gained popularity. James Braddock gained fame by winning many fights and proving everyone wrong when they said he was too old and couldn’t win.

James Braddock took his father’s lessons to heart when he practiced fighting in the old schoolyard before he reached his teenage years. He practiced for several years to be an amateur fighter. When Braddock first started boxing he avoided professional competitions for two years. Instead, they froze the title, which means Braddock earned money touring the country giving public appearances and boxing exhibitions. In 1926, he entered the professional boxing circuit in the light heavyweight division. Braddock started out well, knocking out opponent after opponent in the first few rounds.

In the first fight, he knocked out George LaRocco in the 4th round. In May of 1926 he knocked out Phil Weisberger, Jack O’ Day, and Willie Daily. A few fights later, he defeated Tony Griffiths; this was a big deal because Tony Griffiths beat all the light heavyweights at the time. Then in October of 1928 Braddock took out Pete Latzo in the tenth round and broke his opponent’s jaw. Braddock did very well until the year of 1929 when all his luck began to change. James Braddock fought Tommy Loughran for the name of the light heavyweight champion, but he lost in a 15 round decision. After that fight things went downhill, he had lost and fought a total of 16 out of 22 fights w...

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“I don’t want to fight James Braddock because I’m so scared I will kill him.”

(“The Cinderella Man” Ebscohost 4)

“It’s been said that one of the traits of the Irish was survival, and James Braddock demonstrated that in life, and in the boxing ring.”

(“James J. Braddock The Real ‘Cinderella’ Story” Robert Cassidy)

“After Braddock’s boxing comeback he returned all of the welfare money he received. Also he made several donations to various Catholic Worker Houses and fed the homeless.”

(“The Pride of the Irish” Admin)

Howard, Ron. (2005). The Cinderella Man. New York: Imagine Entertainment.

Schaap, Jeremy. (2005, May 24). Clock strikes midnight for Cinderella. Daily News.

Retrieved February 8th, 2010 from Ebsco via World Wide Web:

http://web.ebscohost.com

Schaap, Jeremy. (1996). Cinderella Man. Philadelphia: HarperEntertainment.
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